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    Published on Apr 21, 2014 11:42 AM



    The new National University Hospital (NUH) Medical Centre was officially opened on April 21, 2014, and it offers patients greater convenience when seeking treatment. -- FILE PHOTO: KNIGHT FRANK


    By Linette Lai

    The new National University Hospital (NUH) Medical Centre was officially opened on Monday morning, and it offers patients greater convenience when seeking treatment.

    The 19-storey centre caters mainly to patients undergoing outpatient procedures. Located just above Kent Ridge MRT station, it houses facilities like specialist outpatient clinics and day surgery operating theatres.

    NUH chief executive officer Joe Sim said a key consideration in the centre's design was to "provide one-stop care wherever possible".

    Previously, he said, a patient would have had to walk from building to building to have all the necessary tests and consultations done.

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    Published on Apr 21, 2014 3:50 PM




    United Overseas Bank (UOB) has been named the best retail bank in Asia Pacific and Singapore, according to trade publication The Asian Banker. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Cheryl Ong

    United Overseas Bank (UOB)
    has been named the best retail bank in Asia Pacific and Singapore, according to trade publication The Asian Banker.

    The local bank was awarded the titles at the magazine's Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2014.

    UOB is also the first local bank to have won the regional award, pointed out The Asian Banker.

    Banks in the region were reviewed by a panel, which looked at their financial performance, long-term growth and risk management capabilities. Factors such as the bank's market share, operational processes and technology, as well as the efficiency of its distribution channels and sales capabilities were considered in making its decision.


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    Default Solar power map to help S'poreans see the light

    Project will assess every rooftop here in bid to boost use of solar panels


    Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:21 AM





    Every rooftop on the Singapore map will be coloured red, orange or yellow, depending on how suited it is to harnessing solar energy. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP







    By David Ee



    A sky-high government-funded project is under way to map and analyse each and every one of the thousands of rooftops here.


    The aim? To figure out on average how much each is exposed to the sun.


    This information will be shared with Singaporeans in the hope that more will warm towards installing solar panels, as the nation ramps up its use of the sun's energy.


    This work by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (Seris) is part of an ambitious, wider effort by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) to photograph and map, in 3D, the entire country's landscape.

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    Default Table Tennis: Singapore beats Romania 3-1, assured of world c'ships medal



    Published on May 3, 2014 11:44 AM




    Singapore's Feng Tianwei hits a return to France's Carole Grundisch during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo May 1, 2014. The national women's table tennis team took out Romania 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Saturday, assuring themselves of a medal at the event in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS







    By May Chen



    The national women's table tennis team took out Romania 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Saturday, assuring themselves of a medal at the event in Tokyo.


    The team will play either China or North Korea in the semi-finals on Sunday. There are no playoffs for third place so losing semi-finalists will be awarded joint bronzes.


    Singapore are the fifth seeds at the tournament while Romania are seeded ninth. The Europeans upset third seeds South Korea in the Round of 16 to earn a place just a day earlier.


    Team captain Feng Tianwei won both her matches in the second and fourth singles. The world No. 7 beat Daniela Monteiro Dodean (No. 53) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9, then won the other match against Elizabeta Samara 11-8, 11-5, 11-9.

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    Table tennis: Singapore teen Clarence Chew claims 2nd major scalp

    Clarence Chew topples world No. 35, two days after beating world No. 37


    Published on May 3, 2014 6:58 AM





    Clarence Chew of Singapore hits a return against Par Gerell of Sweden at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo yesterday. The 18-year-old won 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 against the world No. 35. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE







    By May Chen





    Never mind that Clarence Chew is the youngest and most inexperienced among the Singapore men's team at the World Team Table Tennis Championships.


    Despite his lowly world No. 259 ranking, the 18-year-old debutant has proved over the past week that he can play the unlikely hero, in earning the Republic a place in the last eight yesterday.


    The local-born paddler starred in the team's 3-1 round-of-16 win over Sweden yesterday, posting a ruthless 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 victory over world No. 35 Par Gerell, the opposing team's top player.


    With world No. 14 Gao Ning earning two more points in his victories over world No. 97 Kristian Karlsson (3-2) and world No. 66 Jens Lundqvist (3-0), Singapore marched on to meet Germany in today's quarter-finals.

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    Default Cabinet changes: Tan Chuan-Jin, Lawrence Wong promoted to full ministers

    Published on Apr 29, 2014 4:02 PM




    By Tham Yuen-C



    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister.


    Mr Lee said both had performed well since taking office, and had mastered their portfolios, adding: “They have also worked hard on the ground, winning the respect and trust of Singaporeans." Mr Tan is now Acting Manpower Minister, while Mr Wong is Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. They will retain their portfolios.


    Announcing the changes in a press statement on Tuesday, Mr Lee said that as Singapore goes through an important transition, the major policy shifts being made “require good political leadership, close coordination across ministries, effective ground implementation, and strong support from Singaporeans”.


    He noted a few areas - manpower, sports, culture, youth, and health - that the Government was focusing on.




    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the fourth round of Cabinet changes since the General Election in 2011, promoting Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left) and Mr Lawrence Wong to full minister. -- PHOTOS: ARTHUR LEE/ MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN





    Along with these promotions, other Cabinet appointments were also announced to boost the teams in charge of the social sector and health.


    Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan, will be promoted to Minister of State. He will be appointed to the Prime Minister’s Office to help coordinate social policies across multiple ministries, and especially implementation on the ground.


    He will relinquish his appointments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Mayor of Central Singapore District to focus on these new tasks.


    Ms Denise Phua will take over as Mayor in the next term.


    Sengkang West MP Lam Pin Min will be appointed an additional Minister of State for Health, joining Dr Amy Khor, who has been made co-chair of the Pioneer Generation Taskforce.


    Dr Khor will relinquish her appointment as Mayor of Southwest CDC after this term, a role which Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling will take over. Ms Low will also assume the appointment of parliamentary secretary at MCCY.


    The changes take effect on Thursday. Ms Phua's, Dr Khor's and Ms Low's will take effect on May 27, while Dr Lam's will take effect on Aug 1.

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    Singapore's women table tennis players posing with their World Team Table Tennis Championships bronze medal after they landed at Changi Airport on 06 May 2014,photo by Wee Teck Hian











    Third at world c’ships shows rebuilding on track for S’pore’s women paddlers






    By Low Lin Fhoong
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    Published: May 7, 4:12 AM




    SINGAPORE — Mission accomplished in Tokyo, Singapore’s women’s table-tennis team marched triumphantly into Changi Airport Terminal 3’s arrival hall with their World Table Tennis Championships bronze medals.


    Unlike the screaming fans who greeted the trio of Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei in 2010 after the Republic upset China to claim the Corbillon Cup for the first time, the reception yesterday was cosier, with a small group from the table-tennis fraternity — including para paddlers Jason Chee and Alson Wang — on hand to welcome the women’s and men’s teams, the latter which reached the quarter-finals.



    While they did not manage to emulate the achievement of their seniors, the new team of world No 5 Feng, Yu Mengyu (12) and debutants 19-year-old Isabelle Li (175) and 16-year-old Yee Herng Hwee (306) surpassed the top-eight goal set by national women’s team head coach Jing Junhong.


    After beating world No 2 South Korea 3-1 in the group stage, they overcame Romania in the quarterfinals before losing 3-0 to China in the final four to finish in joint-third position with Hong Kong.


    The result saw Singapore leapfrog two spots to third in this month’s world rankings, behind China and silver medallists Japan.


    More importantly for Jing, their third-place finish in Tokyo has given her and the women’s team hope, as the rebuilding continues, following the retirement of Li and Wang after the 2012 London Olympics.


    “I am very satisfied … and I would describe their performance as outstanding,” said Jing yesterday.


    “This world championships (has) let us see that there is some hope as, initially, we thought the transition period for the players would take a longer time, but they have improved this year.


    “Aside from China, if you look at the age and combination of Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and European countries such as Romania, which also have young players (and are rebuilding)... we stood the test against them and defeated them. After studying the top eight countries, our players are also young, but we can play to their standard.”


    While China-born Lin Ye (world No 47) and Zhou Yihan (58) were not eligible to compete in the world championships due to the International Table Tennis Federation’s rules on foreign-born players, both are expected to make their debut at the Asian and Commonwealth Games, and their inclusion will be a boost to the trio of Feng, Yu and Li.

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    Two Singapore students have emerged as the winner and runner-up in the annual Angus Ross Prize for outstanding performance in A-Level Literature in English.

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    SINGAPORE: Two Singapore students have emerged as the winner and runner-up in the annual Angus Ross Prize for outstanding performance in A-Level Literature in English.


    The winner was Yang Shu Rui Claire from Hwa Chong Institution while Victoria Junior College's Sheldon Anthony Lim Wei Jie was the runner-up.


    Both sat for their examinations in 2013.


    In selecting the winner, a panel of senior examiners used various criteria, including maturity of thought and brilliance of expression in students' scripts.


    Each year, about 12,000 entries are received worldwide from candidates outside the United Kingdom.


    Singapore students have won the prize almost every year since it began in November 1987.




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    For the second straight year, Singapore has been named the best place in Asia to be a mother, Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, has said.

    A family walk at a park next to the financial district in Singapore. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)






    SINGAPORE: For the second straight year, Singapore has been named the best place in Asia to be a mother, Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, has said.


    The Republic came in at 15th position ahead of all Asian counterparts, including Japan (32nd), South Korea (30th) and Malaysia (68th).


    Singapore also led New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, but trailed Australia by six spots.


    The index is part of the children's aid agency's annual State of the World's Mothers report, now in its 15th edition, comparing 178 countries around the globe, showing which are succeeding -- and which are failing -- in saving and improving the lives of mothers and their children.


    Overall, Finland was ranked the best place to be a mother for the second straight year and Somalia came in last.


    The report also shows that maternal and child mortality can be dramatically cut when efforts are made to improve services for mothers and children.


    In Singapore, lifetime risk of maternal mortality has been cut by 80 per cent, child mortality decreased by 25 per cent, gross national income per capita doubled and percentage of women in parliament increased six-fold over the past 15 years, the report noted.

    "Singapore has done well on the index, far ahead of its regional counterparts, with significant cuts in maternal and child mortality, as well as improvements in the percentage of women in leadership positions in the country," said Greg Duly, Regional Director for Save the Children in Southeast and East Asia.


    "It proves that with political will, dramatic changes can be made for the well-being of children and women within a short timeframe."


    Across Southeast Asia, Myanmar was the worst place to be a mother, while the Philippines, which were tied for 106th with Indonesia last year, pulled ahead to 105th as the latter fell to 113th.


    Thailand moved up eight places to 72nd; Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia all fell a few spots to 93rd, 129th and 132nd respectively.




    - CNA/rw

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    Default Pre-divorce programmes a possibility for divorcing couples

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    Couples seeking divorce may be asked to attend counselling even before they file for court proceedings, under a move to put their children's needs first.


    Illustration: Couples seeking divorce may be asked to attend counselling even before they file for court proceedings, under a move to put their children's needs first. (AFP/Stephane de Sakutin)




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    SINGAPORE: Couples seeking divorce may be asked to attend counselling even before they file for court proceedings, under a move to put their children's needs first.


    The Law and Social and Family Development Ministries are considering what is described as "pre-filing" programmes, under a review of the Family Justice System.


    "It's good for someone to come in and focus on the child because if not, there will be a lot of resentment not only to your parents, but on yourself,” said 28-year-old "Amanda" (not her real name), who was only 12 years old when she eavesdropped on her grandma's phone conversation and found out her parents were divorced.


    “There'll be a lot of trust issues, commitment issues, social issues that a lot of parents don't foresee. They just think about it when it comes and I think it does affect a child who's growing up when you don't let him or her know (about the divorce) in advance.


    “I would have liked for them to actually sit me down, talk to me, tell me and explain nicely that things aren't going to work out for mum and dad. If the both of them are not vocal, it's good for the child and parents to go through counselling together."


    Under current divorce proceedings, issues concerning the child are often discussed only during or at the end of the divorce process. Observers said that such a situation is not ideal.


    "You've filed your papers, you've given your replies and then you go for this counselling and mediation. It's just too late," said Rajan Chettiar, director of Rajan Chettiar LLC.


    Various observers that Channel NewsAsia spoke with said that pre-filing sessions would be helpful in ironing out a range of issues related to the child.


    They added that the state should provide the necessary resources at no cost to families facing separation -- something which they said is lacking now.


    "In my research, what I have found is that they do desire some resources, some form of support, pre-divorce and post-divorce. It's just that it is not readily available and accessible to them,” said Dr Sharon Quah, sociologist at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute.


    “They have expressed a desire for some form of structured programme, where they could send their children for counselling, where they can deal with difficult emotions or even process some of the issues, some of the fears they have about the divorce.


    "But right now they don't know where to go and how to get them and there's not enough publicity and information available to them.


    “We know that some of these family service centres run programmes but when I was talking to the divorcees, they have no idea where to get them."


    Such pre-filing sessions could cover anything from the child's living arrangement, to the choice of school and even visitation arrangements.


    "For example, if we look at maintenance we need to look at the child's financial needs,” said Mr Chettiar.


    “If you look at housing, how to divide the HDB flat, we need to think about the housing for the child, so if you look at it from the child-centric point of view, then we will have a more holistic way of solving the problem."


    Dr Quah added: "I think this discussion before filing for divorce is important. It's vital for the child and it's important for divorcing couples to consider the needs of the children before they file for divorce."


    Today, most single parents are divorcees.


    Since 2007, there has been an average of 7,000 divorces each year, with more than 8,000 children affected annually.


    Family experts are now asking for "the voice of the child" to be heard in such proceedings.


    "If there is such a support system for the child, it would be good, pre-divorce and post-divorce, whenever it is necessary if you have a third-party counsellor, to mediate or to solicit the opinion of the thoughts of the children,” said Dr Quah.


    “It would be really helpful to talk to the child or even to get parents to be involved in the session."


    However, there are mixed opinions on whether a pre-filing programme should be made mandatory.


    Mr Chettiar added: "I think pre-counselling and pre-mediation should be mandated because if it's not mandated, I'm just wondering how many people are going to use these services.”


    “It's just going to be one of the services that we have that will not be well used. If it's mandated then people will have to go through this and it will definitely help them go through their emotional issues.


    "I'm not going to say it will solve all the problems, but it will minimise the issues of divorce and child custody and maintenance and all those issues... If we have this pre-filing programme and mandate it perhaps, it will really help Singaporeans."


    Dr Quah however, expresses some doubts. She said: "We see it as a support system rather than legislation (and divorce is already so complex.) Everybody has their own set of circumstances when they file for divorce or when they are going through their post-divorce.


    "Their journey is different and to insist that we have a one size fits all approach, we are really not being sensitive to the unique challenges that they are facing."


    Plans are also underway to roll out a whole suite of support programmes for families going through a separation.


    These include programmes for children whose families have already completed divorce proceedings as well as programmes for parents to work out their emotions as well as overcome co-parenting difficulties.


    - CNA/ec

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    NUS tops ranking of Asian universities for first time

    PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2014 8:30 AM


    NUS was rated No. 1 in Asia by a survey of over 8,000 graduate employers. This is the first time a Hong Kong institution has failed to top the QS table since 2009.

    BY SANDRA DAVIE, SENIOR EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) has pipped two Hong Kong rivals to finish No. 1 for the first time in a ranking of Asian universities.

    "NUS completes its remarkable ascent to the top of the table, having placed 10th when the rankings were first compiled in 2009," said London-based education and career consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which released the results this morning.

    It was rated tops in Asia by a survey of over 8,000 graduate employers, and also makes the top five for academic reputation and research citations.

    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also moved up in the ranking, rising three places to seventh, its highest-ever position.

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    BY JOHN LEONG
    PUBLISHED: MAY 13, 6:12 PM

    SINGAPORE — Two of Singapore’s universities have cemented their place among Asia’s best, according to an annual survey.

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) was named Asia’s top university, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) jumped three places to seventh, its highest-ever position.

    The 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings for Asia polled more than 50,000 academics and employers internationally.

    NUS overtook University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to be named Asia’s number one institution for the first time.

    Last year, NUS tied with HKU in second place.

    QS said the survey results show that Singapore is now a major player in the region, and this was helped by major government investment, as well as English being the main operating language.

    NUS was placed 10th when the QS rankings were first compiled in 2009.

    NUS also ranked in the top three universities for the disciplines measured by the survey.

    The disciplines were Social Sciences and Management, Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Natural Sciences.

    NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said: “We are pleased and honoured to be recognised as Asia’s top university. This is a strong affirmation of our distinctive education and excellent research, and a testament to the high quality work by our talented team of faculty, staff and students.”

    NTU meanwhile, scored maximum points in four areas, including employer reputation.

    Its seventh placing represents a jump of 10 places in the last two years.

    NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said: “Singapore should be proud to have two universities among Asia’s top seven.

    “Despite being a young university, NTU has, in recent years, made a name for itself by ramping up research and partnering top academic and research institutions and industry leaders worldwide to provide our students with a high quality and industry-relevant education.”

    Earlier this month, NTU was ranked fifth in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the world’s top 100 young universities, while in January, NTU retained its second position in a similar ranking of top 50 young universities by QS. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Mall at Singapore Sports Hub to be named Kallang Wave

    Published on May 14, 2014 10:15 AM





    SMRT and NTUC fairprice have named their joint venture mall at the Singapore Sports Hub (above) Kallang Wave. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI







    By Christopher Tan




    SMRT and NTUC Fairprice have named their joint venture mall at the Singapore Sports Hub Kallang Wave.


    The 41,000sqm retail venue is targeted for a July opening although some outlets may start business from mid-June.


    Anchor tenants include supermarket Fairprice, clothing store chain H&M and electronics chain Harvey Norman.


    Rental of retail space has emerged as public transport operator SMRT's top income generator.

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    SINGAPORE - SMRT and NTUC Fairprice have named their joint venture mall at the Singapore Sports Hub Kallang Wave.
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    Here is the press statement from SMRT:


    The retail mall in iconic Singapore Sports Hub is officially named Kallang Wave today.

    Taking root from its location and the old National Stadium's "Kallang Wave", the mall is synonymous with national pride and celebrations, and takes its inspiration from the architectural wave-like contours of the mall. As the retail heart of the Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang Wave completes your visit and is about the everyday experiences that shape the lives of Singaporeans - and presents a new wave to Shop. Dine. Play.


    Strong anchors of Kallang Wave are both homegrown and international brands to reflect the diverse lifestyle preferences of Singaporeans. FairPrice Xtra, a sports-themed hypermart offering one of the largest variety of organic produce and Foodfare with a seating capacity of over 800 and 17 stalls offering healthy food options and a waterfront view. For the stylish, Kallang Wave will feature Swedish fashion sensation H&M, which will open with the widest Olympic-grade sports collection; UNIQLO, renowned for its premium yet affordable and versatile Japanese clothes; Forever 21, a magnet for the trend-savvy, and Australia's Harvey Norman with a wide range of fitness and health products.


    Features of the 41,000sqm mall include climbing walls located from the basement to the 3rd floor, and a rooftop water park. Coupled with the exciting mix of F&B and retail stores in the mall, Kallang Wave offers a unique Shop, Dine and Play experience for Singaporeans, like no other.


    Kallang Wave is just steps away from Stadium Circle Line Station and minutes away from other Circle Line stations such as Mountbatten and Dakota, as well as the East West Line Kallang Station. There is also direct access from Nicoll Highway and Stadium Boulevard, and parking in the vicinity has been boosted by some 500 carpark spaces directly under the mall.


    COO of Sports Hub Mr Oon Jin Teik, says, "The Singapore Sports Hub is a place built for Singaporeans to watch, play and support sports and entertainment. Together with SMRT and NTUC Fairprice, we are creating a diverse, inspiring and inclusive experience that encourages people to make sports part of their daily lives. With its innovative layout and tenant selection, we are confident the Kallang Wave will attract a strong interest even among the less active to participate in sports."


    President and CEO, SMRT Corporation, Mr Desmond Kuek said, "There is great synergy in SMRT and NTUC FairPrice jointly operating the mall. Our choice for naming it 'Kallang Wave' was unanimous. The Kallang Wave retains the association with the old National Stadium, and symbolises the distinctive spirit, energy and close community ties. The excellent accessibility by train on SMRT's Circle Line and East- West Line enhances the value proposition of the mall for all Singaporeans and visitors."


    Mr Tan Kian Chew, Group CEO of NTUC FairPrice affirms, "FairPrice Xtra stores provide a one-stop shopping experience for the entire family. We are pleased to be at the forefront in bringing new and exciting retail experiences to our customers. Beyond the wide range of fresh produce, meats and grocery, our seventh FairPrice Xtra store at Kallang Wave mall will be Singapore's first sports-themed hypermarket. It will offer a good selection of bicycles, sporting equipment, accessories and sportswear besides our usual household consumables, electronics and casual wear. We are proud to play a part in this project as we believe that sports is an excellent platform to strengthen community bonding."

    Vibrant and Exciting Brands


    The mall is specially designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of the community, comprising families, youth, seniors, sports enthusiasts and lifestylers. The trade mix of almost equal retail and F&B options, coupled with the goal of pulling in established local and international brands at affordable price points formed the core of our leasing strategy.


    The brand offerings at Kallang Wave are in two distinct clusters:


    Retail: Fashion, Specialties & Sports, Hypermarket and Services
    F&B: Quick bites, Foodcourt, Cafés , Chill out and Dine-in


    Shopping at Kallang Wave is about the thrill of a fashion steal, the excitement in trying out a newly bought health gadget, functional and affordable sporting gear, and the anticipation of envy and compliments on great buys.


    A Fashion and Specialties & Sports cluster with H&M, UNIQLO, Forever 21, Hoops, New Balance, Outdoor Sports Travel, Power Up Express, Runnur, Sports Link, Weston Corporation, and more, makes it a one-stop area for families, youth and sports enthusiasts. Kallang Wave is also the place to fulfil the banking, beauty and pharmaceutical needs of shoppers.


    It is all about indulging in all day dining, every day. Whether you live to eat, or eat to live, there are options for almost every palette and pocket. Kallang Wave is the place for precious bonding time over the warmth of a steaming bowl of ramen, claypot rice or bak kut teh, the intimate chatter amidst the aroma of freshly ground coffee or dining with a postcard view of Singapore's residential and business district landmarks.


    A food lane features a stretch of local delights such as A-One Claypot, Curry Times, My Briyani House and Old Street Bak Kut Teh. For shoppers and spectators, they can enjoy the options of Quick bites such as Burger King, Fun Toast, Gourmet Pizza To Go, Popeyes, Smoothie King and Sogurt. For Cafés, we have favourites such as Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Starbucks.


    For Dine-in, Singaporeans will be spoilt for choice at Astons, Issho Izakaya, Manhattan Fish Market, Poulet and Shokudo at Kallang Wave. Next door at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, enjoy craft beers at Brewerkz, steamboat at Mushroom Pot, Asian specialties at Thai Village and Mexican and Indian cuisine with a selection of vegetarian options at Myra's Beach Club.

    New Wave to Play

    15. Adventurous families and friends can immerse themselves in a range of healthy and high-adrenaline sporting activities in and around the Kallang Wave mall. The mall will also sport a vertical playground for aspiring and professional climbers at Climb Central situated centrally near the atrium of the mall, and a rooftop water park. New Wave of Partners

    16. Joining in the Kallang Wave for a year of retail excitement are - Citibank Singapore and OCBC Bank.

    17. As the presenting bank partner, Citibank will offer exclusive privileges and benefits to all its portfolio of cardmembers in the commute, shopping and dining space on top of ATM facilities in the mall. Citibank SMRT cardmembers will also enjoy preferential shopping and dining deals at Kallang Wave. They will be able to redeem vouchers to enjoy free train and bus rides to Kallang Wave Mall or offset SMRT taxi fares.

    18. OCBC will offer their card customers parking privileges. As the official card sponsor of the BNP Paribas WTA Championships in October, OCBC Card customers can also enjoy more WTA privileges and benefits in the OCBC card spend and redeem programme when they shop at the mall.
    19. Kallang Wave will open from June with exciting shopping promotions and rewards.

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    Default Free usage of Sports Hub facilities for limited period

    Arena, aquatic centre and water sports centre available for public use, bookings at reasonable cost thereafter


    By IAN DE COTTA

    Published: May 15, 4:13 AM
    Updated: May 15, 4:15 AM


    SINGAPORE — Despite the Sports Hub’s sizeable price tag, the public will get to enjoy several of its state-of-the-art facilities — built to meet international sporting standards — at a low cost, and even for free for a limited period, after the S$1.3 billion complex opens next month. For seven days a week, people of all ages can also attend introductory lessons for various sports without forking out any money.

    In a recent interview with TODAY, Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) managing director Mark Collins said the public can book and use the 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena, 6,000-seat OCBC Aquatic Centre and the Water Sports Centre without paying any fees for more than a month after the Sports Hub opens.

    Thereafter, the booking fees will be similar to those for public swimming pools and gyms run by the 62 government-operated sports recreation centres islandwide, for example.

    He said: “We want every Singaporean to know that these facilities now exist and are open, and what they can do with them. We are going to have this introductory period, a free sample, come and test-drive — call it what you will. We want it to be at no charge, so people can have a free taste of what we have to offer.”

    With the exception of the 55,000-seat National Stadium and the 13,000-capacity Indoor Stadium that are meant for staging big events, the other facilities will be available for public bookings. Details will be released soon.

    Mr Collins pointed out that free programmes for the community, as well as facilities priced for use by the man in the street are unheard of for such a collection of world-class arenas, which are usually built to house professional sports franchises or national teams.

    The Sports Hub is the first project he has encountered that is constructed principally for public use as well as for elite athletes, said the Boston native who has been involved in the operations of major facilities throughout North America. While operating the facilities would incur huge bills, SHPL is able to open them up for public use or less prestigious sports events because of the 25-year public-private partnership (PPP) with the Government — the largest PPP deal in the world.

    Mr Collins said: “Obviously, a big event that ... sells millions of dollars of tickets can afford to do it. But a school competition, which may be free or close to free, even if 20,000 show up, might only generate less than S$50,000 ... That would not be enough to pay for (the) operating cost.

    “But because this project was designed on the PPP scheme, the contribution of the Government allows this to happen. We took that into consideration in the business model ... that’s the coolness aspect of this project.”

    SHPL won a three-way bid in 2008 to build the complex and it is from big-ticket events such as the Women’s Tennis Association Championships in October that it expects to recoup costs and generate profits

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    Default Second man convicted of rioting in Little India gets jail, caning

    His actions were calculated and reflected contempt for authority, says prosecutor



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    By Amir Hussain

    Published: May 16, 4:13 AM


    SINGAPORE — A former construction worker who had a hand in flipping over three police cars and setting another on fire during the Little India riot was yesterday sentenced to 33 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.

    Arumugam Karthik (picture), 25, is the second man involved in the incident to be dealt with for the offence of rioting. The first, Ramalingam Sakthivel, 33, was last week sentenced to 30 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.

    Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ng Yiwen argued for harsher sentences for Arumugam, pointing out that he was more culpable than Ramalingam — who had flipped over a police car, hit an ambulance with a pole and hurled projectiles at police officers and vehicles.

    He added: “His actions were audacious and calculated, and reflected his singular quest to show the authorities that he had absolutely no fear of them.”

    Arumugam was also an active participant in the destruction and carnage wreaked on the streets that night and his actions reflected contempt for authority, he said.

    The court heard that Arumugam was leaving for home after drinks with a friend in the Little India area that day when he walked into a crowd of rioters. Seeing some men flip over a police car onto its side, Arumugam helped overturn another police car nearby.

    He also hurled objects, such as a concrete slab, against a fire engine and smashed the rear and front windscreens of another police car, before gathering others around him to overturn the vehicle.

    After helping to overturn a third police car, he also tried to dislodge a pipe feeding fuel into the engine of the car, with the intention to set the vehicle on fire.

    He then called out for a lighter from the crowd, before passing it to another rioter to set the car on fire.

    In mitigation, Arumugam’s lawyer V Ramesh said his client has an impeccable work record in his four years here. His behaviour that evening was totally uncharacteristic, added Mr Ramesh, noting that Arumugam did not have any previous brushes with the law.

    But District Judge Ong Hian Sun said the courts needed to send a strong signal that such acts cannot be tolerated. The maximum jail terms for rioting and mischief by fire are seven years each.

    Six men have been sentenced to between 15 and 18 weeks’ jail on charges of failing to disperse. The cases against 17 others are ongoing.

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    Default President Tan: Singapore-Malaysia ties 'run deeper than material interests'

    President Tan says shared history must be passed to future generations


    Published on May 20, 2014 8:29 AM


    By Maryam Mokhtar

    The ties between Singapore and Malaysia extend far beyond material interests, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said yesterday, citing their shared history which includes the turbulent days of World War II.

    It is crucial that this common heritage be passed down to future generations, he added.

    He was re-affirming the strong relations between the neighbours at a state banquet for Malaysia's Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and his wife at the Istana.

    Earlier in the day, the Agong and his wife Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah Haji Hamidun received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana.

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